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October 17, 2013

6 hit hole-in-one shots at contest

Annual Gazette Santa Fund event raises $5,059

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“We have a lot of fun and the money goes to a good cause,” Brennan said.

Members of the Haverhill High School golf team volunteered at the event, waiting at the side of the fairway. They watched for balls landing close to the pin or in the hole, then held up play so they could match the numbered prize-winning balls to their owners.

“We golf here and Mrs. Murphy asked us to help out,” said sophomore grader Sal Albano. “It’s a good time, it’s for charity and we get free hot chocolate.”

“It feels good to know we’re helping to raise money for kids who might not get anything for Christmas,” said Joshua Smith, a freshman. “It makes us feel especially good.”

Haverhill High freshman Shea Bruneau didn’t have much luck on his first night of the contest.

“I had a couple of close ones, but none of them were winners,” Shea said.

Persistence paid off for Shea, as he eventually got the hole in one he was hoping for.

Jane Dichard of Haverhill is a long-time volunteer at the event and returns every year in hopes of repeating her 1999 hole in one that landed her a pair of airline tickets.

“I’ve had measurements since, but no hole in one,” she said.

Members of the Haverhill High and Whittier Regional High Key Clubs helped by sorting and distributing balls to participants.

Top prizes included clubs, bags and balls.

Mary Murphy said the adult hole-in-one winners included: Kevin Demarais, who played golf for Haverhill High in the 1980s; Mike Kraynak, a regular at the annual event; local bowler Chris Sargent; and Walter Srybny, whose family is well known in the area.

Murphy’s grandson, Mike Murphy of Wethersfield, Conn., didn’t get a hole in one, but he came close when one of his shots landed four inches from the hole.

Prizes can be picked up any day between 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

These golfers each scored a hole in one:

Josh Lavallee,10, of Haverhill

Shea Bruneau, 14, Haverhill High junior varsity golf team

Kevin Demarais of Haverhill

Walter Srybny of Haverhill

Mike Kraynak of Bradford

Chris Sargent of Haverhill

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